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By DAMIAN CRISTODERO

© St. Petersburg Times, published February 25, 2001


CAROL AND ALEXEI: Supermodel Carol Alt and beau, Senators superstar Alexei Yashin, caused quite the sensation last week when they appeared together at a charity function in Ottawa. The Citizen did an extensive story on Alt ("Two minutes for looking so good") and she revealed details of how the two met.

Alt, divorced from former Rangers defenseman Ron Greschner, said she saw Yashin in spring 1999 in Toronto, where she was a presenter at an NHL awards show. "My heart stopped," she said. "I looked across the room and said, "Oh, my god, I'm in deep trouble. Who is this guy? He's so gorgeous.' "

As Yashin was about to leave, Alt ripped a page out of an autograph book she was signing, wrote her name and number on it and headed in his direction.

"I said, "If you're ever in Toronto,' " Alt said. "He took the paper and said, "I'll give you a call.' "

Alt didn't find out Yashin's age until their first date a few weeks later at a party during an auto race in Toronto. Yashin was 25 at the time. Alt 38.

"He's so sweet," Alt said. "He'll say, "Why do you wear your hair in your face like you are hiding?' He will put it in a ponytail and say, "Good, now I can see your beautiful face.' When a guy says that to you, all of a sudden, you don't feel 40 anymore."

MOMMA'S BOY: Now 27, Yashin still gets driven to the airport by his parents like they're leaving for a minor-league hockey tournament.

When the Senators left for Buffalo on Feb. 17, Yashin's parents, Tatiana and Valeri, drove their son the 45 minutes from their home in Kanata, Ontario, to catch the team charter.

The plane was delayed two hours. But while his teammates sat inside the private terminal, chatting and playing cards, Yashin and his parents sat outside in their car.

Yashin doesn't sit with teammates on charter flights. While his teammates sit in the back third section, Yashin sits in the second section in the first row behind the media.

SCORING MACHINE: Wild tough guy Sylvain Blouin had not scored in 31 NHL games over four seasons. He finally got one Feb. 17 against the Sharks.

"Score a goal in the NHL? Never," Blouin said. "I never thought I would play in the NHL."

Blouin did not play midget hockey and went straight to juniors because he can fight.

"I can't believe I finally got one," Blouin said. "I've been through a lot to get here and it's been a struggle to score this first one. Hopefully, now, the second will come a lot easier."

It did. Blouin scored in Minnesota's next game against the Stars' Ed Belfour. Look out Patrick Roy.

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